The Struggle and the Triumph: An Autobiography Lech Wałęsa The Struggle and the Triumph An Autobiography From the time he founded Solidarity in to the historic moment in December when he took the oath of office as the first freely elected president of Poland in half a century Lech Walesa has h
  • Title: The Struggle and the Triumph: An Autobiography
  • Author: Lech Wałęsa
  • ISBN: 9781559702218
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Paperback
The Struggle and the Triumph: An Autobiography Lech WałęsaFrom the time he founded Solidarity in 1980 to the historic moment in December 1990 when he took the oath of office as the first freely elected president of Poland in half a century, Lech Walesa has had all eyes upon him He became the symbol of freedom and hope not only for Poland but for all the countries in the former Eastern Bloc Walesa s dreams for his own beleaguereFrom the time he founded Solidarity in 1980 to the historic moment in December 1990 when he took the oath of office as the first freely elected president of Poland in half a century, Lech Walesa has had all eyes upon him He became the symbol of freedom and hope not only for Poland but for all the countries in the former Eastern Bloc Walesa s dreams for his own beleaguered homeland rejuvenated the entire world s faith in democracy, and inspired a movement that changed the map of Europe and altered the course of history Here, in his own words, is his unforgettable story Picking up where his earlier volume of memoirs, The Way of Hope, left off, Walesa continues his account of Poland s inexorable march toward independence by reliving what may have been the darkest moment of all The murder of Father Popieluszko by government thugs in 1984 was a crime of such callous horror that it froze the attention of the nation and the world Despite everything they had accomplished up to then, Solidarity and Walesa, like Poland itself, were still mired in the dull nightmare of totalitarianism Forced underground and dodging the secret police, they struggled to stay alive Yet Popieluszko s death was not in vain Under the nurturing guidance of Pope John Paul II and the warming rays of glasnost, Solidarity rose again, until even the Polish government and its apparatchiks could no longer ignore Walesa and his unstoppable movement There is no freedom without Solidarity once echoed off factory walls and resounded from church pulpits By 1989 Solidarity was legal again and, after eight years of persecution, able to negotiate openly with the government, participate in popular elections, and, withWalesa still at the helm, lay the foundation for the future of Poland But than just an inside account of Poland s recent history, The Struggle and the Triumph is also a candid self portrait by this fascinating, unique, and outspoken man In ten dramatic years, Walesa travel
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  1. This autobiography covers the period between Walesa s release from incarceration to his election as president of Poland Walesa comes across as jovial and blustering, with a humble love for his church and a sharp political caginess for the rest of the world The Walesa portrayed here loves his own reputation and dignity, but is also deeply committed to nonviolence and a peaceful change in power, and abandoned legitimate resentments for the sake of pluralism I did not expect to like a politician th [...]

  2. This is such a good book Walesa is surprisingly clear and, though he s not Shakespeare, talks about his life in a very poignant and fascinating manner It is also an eye opener of sorts, in that one never hears much about any of these sort of revolutions or current world affairs here in the United States The information is either very brief on the news or altogether absent Also, being of Polish descent myself, reading this book was a great way to learn contemporary Polish history and learn a litt [...]

  3. Very interesting for learning about Walesa and his times But I often didn t feel like he was taking the reader serious This is a political book with an agenda or a book of a politician with an agenda than an actual autobiography in my opinion I am also not sure the role of the church is quite as important as Walesa likes it to be seen in this book I felt often like the author wants me to believe arguments without the perception on his side to need to provide any evidence for points made I finis [...]

  4. Jailbirds don t draw a salary so Walesa may have been motivated by the need to make money for his family when he wrote this In all likelihood better books will appear in the future on Walesa If you bought the book take pride in the thought that i was for a good cause.

  5. Very interesting book, informative and whatnot I was very surprised that, for being a sort of non violent activist saint, Walesa has quite a bit of of an ego

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